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Members’ Preview and Opening Reception: The Qualities of LIGHT

LIGHT: Fern Schad

BD Vidibor, Fern Schad, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: LIGHT Gallery Archive. © BD Vidibor

Join us for a Members' Opening Reception for The Qualities of LIGHT: The Story of a Pioneering New York City Photography Gallery.

This exhibition celebrating the legacies of LIGHT (1971-1987), a significant early photography gallery, will focus on characteristics identified by those who visited, worked, showed, and were impacted by the gallery. It will draw heavily on archives at the Center for Creative Photography. Sections of the exhibition will highlight LIGHT’s innovation, commitment to artists, focus on education, cultivation of community, and influence on the market, illustrated by photographic artworks, archival documentation, film or audio footage, installation views, period snapshots, and contemporary photographs, all chosen for their potential to illuminate. Educational programming will be an integral component of the exhibition, offering visitors opportunities to better understand the critical period of the 1970s and 1980s within the history of photography and the seminal influence of LIGHT, as well as encouraging creative inquiry into broader ideas about the photographic market, artist legacies, and the nature of a research center and archive like the Center for Creative Photography.

Doors will open at 6:00pm and remarks will begin at 6:30pm. Members, please RSVP here or for questions email

Director's Circle Members, please join us for a tour of the exhibition with Chief Curator Dr. Rebecca Senf and Director Anne Breckenridge Barrett. The tour begins at 5:00pm. Space is limited, please RSVP to Deanna Dillard at